Detail: A genus of American plants of a single species, a delicate climbing herbaceous biennial, with panicles of drooping flowers. Adlumia for John Adlum, amateur botanist of the late 18th century and early 19th century.
Detail: In Iroquois mythology, Onatah is the corn goddess. She was the daughter of Eithinoha (Mother Earth).
Onatah was kidnapped by the ruler of the underworld. Her mother searched everywhere for her, to no avail. She grieved and while she grieved no crops grew. Finally, the sun found where she was, split open the ground and rescued her, and the earth flourished. However, the spirits of the underworld miss Onatah, and whenever the sun sleeps they snatch her back (winter), and then a great human effort in ceremonies and offerings are needed to awaken the sun and rescue her again (spring).
Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola
Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”
The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh(dair-uh-vair-uh), 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir”
Detail: The name Salsola is derived from Latin salsus, meaning “salt”.
Common names of various members of the Salsola plant genus include tumbleweed, for its wind-blown seed dispersal habit; saltwort, for its salt tolerance; and Russian thistle for its origins, although it is not a thistle.